Why study this programme?

This Master's aims to increase your understanding of the value and workings of the EU within the social and geopolitical developments both in Europe and in Europe’s relation to rest of the world. You’ll come to understand cross-border governance and how economic, cultural and political power works across borders.

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Why Radboud University

We see borders as much more than physical, national and demographical lines. We also consider regional, cultural, emotional and social borders, like those between urban and rural regions, social classes, gender, citizens and non-citizens, and community groups. We don’t only see borders as areas where tension and conflict exists; we also see it as exciting places where the collision of different perspectives can lead to innovation, progress and opportunity.
The programme focuses as much on mainstream theory as on alternative ones. This will help you develop an academic attitude that allows you to be critical when it comes to your own views, research and findings.
Although the foundation of this specialisation is sociological and geographical, our approach to this theme is highly multidisciplinary to include related fields as European Studies, Political Science, Conflict Management and Spatial Planning.
Over the past years, Radboud University has made a name for itself in the field of Human Geography for not shying away from critical debates and by researching topics in the field that are of social importance but not always favoured with large (EU) funding. We’re known for not staying on the beaten path.
Nijmegen itself lies in a border-region and our staff has close ties with the Euregio Rijn-Waal, giving you practical insights and possibly hands-on access to the inner workings of border management. Our department is closely involved with the Journal of Border Studies, a leading forum for borderlands research. We also collaborate with other European universities specialised in Border Studies, like those in Belfast, Madrid and Helsinki.